Gum disease occurs for a number of reasons, including poor oral hygiene and even our daily habits (such as smoking). However, we can actually offer patients treatment for periodontal disease. How do we treat gum disease in Brighton, MA, and what dangers does periodontal disease pose for our smiles?
Identifying (and Possibly Preventing) Gum Disease
When our gums become inflamed, gingivitis develops. Without treatment to remove plaque accumulation, the inflammation may grow worse until gum disease forms. Once a patient develops gum disease, there is no cure. However, treatment will be necessary to prevent the later stages of the disease. Warning signs of gingivitis and the early stages of periodontal disease include sore gums, redness, receding gums, and bleeding when you brush or floss. If you experience these symptoms, then see us right away.
Often, we address the early stages with a scaling and root planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, the procedure involves using an ultrasonic scaler and hand to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. The procedure takes between one and four visits, depending on the extent of the buildup. The treatment helps prevent the onset of periodontitis, the advanced stage often responsible for adult tooth loss. Following your scaling and root planing, we will suggest routine cleaning visits every three to four months, which allows our team to monitor your gums and prevent the issue from growing worse and threatening your smile’s stability.
Should you require more than a scaling and root planing, we may suggest gum surgery. The procedure helps remove infected to dead gingival tissue. Healthy tissue then grows and helps close the periodontal pockets and correct recession. If you have any questions about treating gum disease, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Sore or Bleeding Gums?
At Brighton Family Dental Group, we offer treatment to help manage periodontal disease and safeguard your smile. You can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Villani or Dr. Kondrat by reaching out to our office at (617) 562-5210. We are proud to offer a range of dental services to patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and all neighboring communities.